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The 2009 MLS Cup will serve as the marquee match of a busy weekend of soccer on TV.
The LA Galaxy takes on Real Salt Lake on Sunday night in a match that should offer plenty of intrigue and attacking soccer. Before we get to that championship match, soccer fans will be treated with quality tilts from England to Italy, as well as from Mexico, where the playoffs are about to begin.
Here are SBI's Top 10 Matches to Watch this weekend, as well as this weekend's schedule of matches on TV:
SBI's Top 10 Matches to Watch
1. Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Real Salt Lake. The MLS Cup Final is a classic story, the big favorite against the underdog. Can Donovan and Beckham lift the cup, or will RSL's Cinderella story continue?
2. Liverpool vs. Manchester City. Two big teams in desperate need of a win square off. Will a loss push Rafa Benitez closer to the door? Will City settle for another draw?
3. Manchester United vs. Everton. Tim Howard faces his former club for the first time since his FA Cup heroics last season.
4. Hull City vs. West Ham United. Could we see Jozy Altidore and Jonathan Spector doing battle? Altidore needs to start getting more minutes, and this could be the match he gets going.
5. Juventus vs. Udinese. Can Juve close any ground on Inter? Udinese is a dangerous club that could pull the upset.
6. San Luis vs. Toluca. Michael Orozco and San Luis will try to pull the upset in the Mexican League playoffs.
7. Schalke 04 vs. Hannover 96. Steve Cherundolo and Hannover play their first match since Robert Enke's death.
8. Fiorentina vs. Parma. Another quality Serie A match-up as the Viola look to secure a Champions League spot in the standings against one of the surprises of the season.
9. Rubin Kazan vs. Zenit St. Petersburg. Okay, so it's really early in the morning, but Zenit has the talent to potentially halt the Rubin Kazan freight train.
10. Sunderland vs. Arsenal. Can the Gunners keep rolling without Robin Van Persie? Can Darren Bent recover from his English national team disappointment?
This Weekend's Soccer on TV
- 5:45am- Setanta Sports- Rubin Kazan vs. Zenit St. Petersburg
- 7:45am- ESPN2- Liverpool vs. Manchester City
- 9:30am- GolTV- Schalke 04 vs. Hannover 96
- 10am- Setanta Sports- Chelsea vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers
- 10am- FSC, FSE- Sunderland vs. Arsenal
- 10am- ESPN360.com- Barnsley vs. Cardiff City
- 12pm- ESPN360.com- Deportivo La Coruna vs. Atletico Madrid
- 12pm- GolTV- CD Tenerife vs. Sevilla
- 12pm- ESPN360.com- Bologna vs. Inter Milan
- 12:20pm- Setanta Sports- Ipswich Town vs. Sheffield Wednesday
- 12:30pm- FSC, FSE- Manchester United vs. Everton
- 2pm- ESPN360.com- Real Madrid vs. Racing Santander
- 2:30pm- FSE- Inter Milan vs. Bologna (Delayed)
- 3pm- Setanta Sports- Auxerre vs. Monaco
- 4pm- GolTV- Atletico Bilbao vs. Barcelona
- 4:30pm- FSE- Fiorentina vs. Parma FC
- 5pm- Setanta Sports- Burnley vs. Aston Villa
- 5pm- FSC- Inter Milan vs. Bologna (Delayed)
- 7pm- FSC- Hull City vs. West Ham United
- 8pm- GolTV- Pereira vs. Medellin
- 8:30pm- Setanta Sports- Birmingham City vs. Fulham (Delayed)
- 10:15pm- Setanta Sports- Burnley vs. Aston Villa (Delayed)
- 3am- FSC- Perth Glory vs. Sydney FC
- 8:30am- Setanta Sports- Bolton Wanderers vs. Blackburn Rovers
- 8:30am- ESPN360.com- Ajax vs. Heerenveen
- 9am- ESPN360.com- AS Roma vs. AS Bari
- 9am- FSC- AC Milan vs. Cagliari
- 10am- FSE- Tottenham Hotspur vs. Wigan Athletic
- 10:30am- ESPN360.com- PSV vs. Heracles
- 11am- FSC- Stoke City vs. Portsmouth
- 11am- Setanta Sports- Saint-Etienne vs. Lorient
- 11:30am- GolTV- Hamburg SV vs. Vfl Bochum
- 12pm- FSE- Stoke City vs. Portsmouth (Delayed)
- 1pm- ESPN360.com- Malaga vs. Real Zaragoza
- 1pm- Setanta Sports-Bolton Wanderers vs. Blackburn Rovers
- 1pm- Univision- San Luis vs. CD Toluca
- 2pm- GolTV- Botafogo vs. Sao Paulo FC
- 2:30pm- FSC, FSE- Juventus vs. Udinese
- 2:45pm- Setanta Sports- Montpelier vs. Lille
- 3pm- GolTV- Osasuna vs. Valencia
- 5pm- FSE- AC Milan vs. Cagliari (Delayed)
- 5pm- FSC- Tottenham Hotspur vs. Wigan Athletic
- 6pm- Galavision, Telefutura- Santos Laguna vs. Morelia
- 7pm- FSE- Juventus vs. Udinese (Delayed)
- 8:30pm- ESPN, ESPN360.com, ESPN Deportes, Galavision, Telefutura- Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Real Salt Lake (MLS Cup)
- 10pm- Setanta Sports- Manchester United vs. Everton (Delayed)
Which matches will you be watching? Share your thoughts below.